This creamy Oreo Milk Tea is cold, sweet and chocolatey with soft yet chewy brown sugar boba at the bottom. Add in vanilla ice cream or ice to create a cookies and cream boba milkshake. This Oreo bubble tea is easy, refreshing, and so fun to drink!
Why you’ll love this Oreo Milk Tea
- Quick and Easy: this recipe uses simple ingredients (plus a few optional ones) for the BEST cold pick-me-up on a hot day
- Creamy and Sweet: the Oreos add the perfect amount of sweetness to the milk
- Customizable: add in tea, ice cream or more Oreos to get the exact taste and texture you’d like
What is bubble tea?
Bubble tea, or boba milk tea, is a Taiwanese drink that consists of tea, often milk, along with soft yet chewy tapioca balls. These drinks have many variations from different toppings, to different types of tea. They can even be blended to create a milkshake or smoothie consistency.
Milk Tea vs. Bubble Tea vs. Boba Shake
- Milk Tea refers to a drink with milk combined with tea. Boba and toppings aren’t always incorporated.
- Boba Tea and Bubble Tea often refer to the same type of drink. Bubble tea often has milk but it also has chewy tapioca balls or jelly added to it.
- A Bubble Shake, or Boba Shake is a bubble tea drink that is blended with ice or ice cream to create a milkshake consistency.
This Oreo Milk Bubble Tea can be customized to have the consistency of milk tea, OR you can add ice cream to create a Cookies and Cream Boba Shake.
Similar to bubble tea shops, you can customize the amount of ice and the amount of Oreos (sweetness) in the drink to your liking.
Today we’re using just a few main ingredients, plus a couple extra ingredients if you’d like to add tea or ice cream to the drink. This milk tea can be made completely vegan by using dairy free ingredients like oat milk and coconut ice cream.
- Oreo Cookies: you’ll want to pick up the original Oreo cookies. We’ll be separating the cream from the crunchy chocolate cookie, so no need to buy the double stuffed version.
- Brown Sugar: to make the simple syrup for the tapioca
- Black Tapioca Pearls or Homemade Boba Pearls: for the chewy boba pearls- I recommend using quick cooking pearls
- Almond milk or Oat milk: these two milks are my favorite, but you can use any milk you’d like!
- Black Tea: this is optional if you’d like tea/caffeine in your drink
- Vanilla Ice Cream: this is optional if you’d like to make a cookies and cream boba shake. I used a coconut milk ice cream to keep this recipe dairy free, but you could use your favorite ice cream.
Substitutions & Add-ins
- Alternative Sweetener: use maple syrup or coconut sugar (or one of these sugar alternatives) in the boba simple syrup for a slightly healthier alternative.
- Sugar-free: although I haven’t tried this, you could use Swerve Brown Sugar instead of the light brown sugar in the boba syrup.
- Different pearls: this recipe uses quick cooking black sugar tapioca pearls, however, you could sub in your favorite type of boba instead. Just be sure to follow the cooking instructions on your package!
- Gluten-Free: to make this recipe gluten-free, you can sub in gluten-free chocolate Oreos. Most tapioca pearls are naturally gluten free, however, be sure to double check the ingredients of your specific brand.
- Small saucepan: to make the brown sugar boba
- Blender: to create a super smooth, creamy texture
- Metal Sieve: this is optional to strain any chunks of the Oreo cream that float to the top of the milk.
- Wide Straw: to be able to drink the boba!
*Video tutorial for making the boba is above the recipe card below!*
to make the homemade boba
STEP 1: Bring water to a boil over medium heat. Add the tapioca pearls and cook covered for 3 minutes. Then turn off the heat and cook them in the hot water for another 3 minutes.
STEP 2: Make the brown sugar syrup. For an in depth explanation on how to make this syrup, check out this recipe.
STEP 3: Strain the cooked tapioca balls. Add them to the brown sugar syrup.
TIP: to cool the boba down faster, place the heat proof glass in cold water or an ice bath.
to make the Oreo Milk Tea
STEP 4: In a blender, combine 1 cup milk of choice (I used Oat), the Oreos (separated from the cream center), ice cream and tea, if using. Blend until smooth.
No blender? No Problem
Place the Oreos in the milk for 5-10 minutes, or until they soften and begin to dissolve. Then, use a spoon to mix everything together.
STEP 5: Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of prepared brown sugar boba in the bottom of a glass.
STEP 6: Top the boba with a handful of ice (if you’d like). Pour the Oreo milk on top.
STEP 7: Top with whipped cream and crushed Oreos. Serve with a large bubble tea straw.
The brown sugar boba should be consumed within 1-2 hours. If they sit in the syrup too long, the boba will become too soft.
NOTE: If the boba pearls are left in the cold Oreo milk tea for too long, they’ll firm up and become too chewy.
The Oreo milk (without ice cream) can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. Be sure to remove any ice from the drink or it will become watery.
Tips and Tricks
- Fresh Boba Pearls: bubble tea is best when served with freshly made boba. Fresh boba has the best soft yet chewy texture.
- Good Quality Tea: use a high quality loose leaf tea and try not to over-steep it for the best flavor.
- Adjust the sweetness to your liking: add in more Oreo cookies or vanilla ice cream if you prefer a sweeter milk tea.
- Consistency: the more ice cream you add, the thicker the bubble tea will be. If you prefer a milkshake consistency, use up to ½ a cup of ice cream.
Oreo Bubble Tea FAQ
Oreo milk tea is sweet, creamy and chocolatey, with cookies and cream flavor throughout! With boba added, Oreo milk tea also hints of a brown-sugary, subtle caramel flavor.
No, Oreos do not contain any dairy.
Oreo Milk Tea can have caffeine if caffeinated black or green tea is added to the drink. It can also be made without caffeine.
Oreo Bubble Tea is easy to make at home. You simply combine or blend chocolate Oreo cookies with your milk and tea of choice, and pour it over boba and ice. If you’d like a cookies and cream boba shake, you can add ice cream to the milk tea.
More Yummy Drink recipes:
- Taro Bubble Milk Tea with Real Taro
- Oat Milk Matcha Latte
- Honeydew Milk Tea with Boba
- Creamy Coconut Shake
- Coffee Milk Bubble Tea
- Strawberry Bubble Tea
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